Legal Officer (General Legal) (P4)

Legal Officer (General Legal) (P4)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

Under the guidance of the Section Head, the Legal Officer prepares legal opinions, legal instruments and documents and provides legal advice on the application and interpretation of such documents, primarily in connection with administrative and policy matters relating to, inter alia, human resources issues, privileges and immunities, confidentiality, finance and procurement. The Legal Officer provides professional advice and drafts reports and documents related to administrative litigation and internal appeals, contracts and other commercial agreements, financial regulations and rules, budget, audit, banking, insurance, contract law and general financial issues. The Legal Officer also conducts research and provides inputs with respect to agreements with Member States, the United Nations, cooperating institutions and other international organizations.


The incumbent is a member of the General Legal Section and provides professional inputs to, inter alia, the Director General’s Office for Coordination, the Division of Human Resources, the Division of General Services, the Office of Procurement Services and other Divisions in the IAEA.

Functions/Key Results Expected

As required:

  • Act as focal point for specific issues, including workflow, coordination and initial review of work product, as required by the Section Head;
  • Advise and draft advice for senior management on the legal aspects of human resources matters. Provide advice on the interpretation of the IAEA’s Staff Regulations and Staff Rules and personnel policies, including advice on internal appeals and disciplinary cases and preparing and reviewing internal advice to senior management on such matters;
  • Analyse and advise on appeals submitted to the ILO Administrative Tribunal, including preparing the IAEA’s pleadings and submissions in cases before the Tribunal;
  • Draft advice concerning the Financial Regulations and Rules of the IAEA, including advice concerning budget issues;
  • Draft advice on the legal aspects of the IAEA's Headquarters Agreement and applicable agreements on privileges and immunities;
  • Draft advice on other matters of administrative law;
  • Provide advice on the interpretation of the IAEA's procurement policies and guidelines concerning contractual instruments;
  • Draft contracts, agreements and other legal instruments and provide advice on general matters of contract law.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

  • Planning and Organizing Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans;
  • Communication Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions;
  • Achieving Results Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned;
  • Teamwork Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies

  • Analytical thinking Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions;
  • Judgement/decision making Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards;
  • Technical/scientific credibility Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Required Expertise

  • Legal Administrative Law Knowledge of and experience with relevant IAEA administrative legal instruments and agreements as well as principles of administrative law;
  • Legal Agency's Statute, Rules of Procedures, Regulations, Practices and Precedents Knowledge of and ability to analyse and apply the Agency’s Statute, Rules of Procedure, Regulations, Practices and Precedent;
  • Legal Contract Law Knowledge of contract law from the UN Common System or other International Organizations, particularly drafting, negotiating and advising;
  • Legal International Law Knowledge of broad principles of Public International law;
  • Legal Legal Drafts Ability to draft clear, concise documents setting out facts and arguments in an accurate manner;
  • Legal Policy Development Legal Support for Policy Development.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Higher Degree - Advanced Law Degree;
  • Proven ability to prepare legal drafts;
  • At least seven years' relevant experience at the international level;
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

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